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March 14

N. Kenneth La Fleur - Application of Social Learning Theory in Counselor Education

Instructor comments about topic

The topic will have three major sections: (1) the major theoretical tenets of social learning theory, (2) examination of the use of self-efficacy constructs and modeling in counselor training, and (3) presentation and discussion of an example of a counselor training graduate program based on social learning principles.

Learning plan

I expect that all participants will have carefully read the assigned material from the selected reference list prior to our meeting. Each participant should come to class with two specific counselor skills or qualities thought by the participant to be important objectives in a graduate counselor education program. The two skills or qualities should be written out on paper. During class we will review and explore the major constructs of social learning theory and the applications to counselor education pedagogy. I will present and we will discuss a program based on social learning theory. We will brainstorm about specific pedagogical activities focused on the two skills or qualities identified by each participant prior to the class meeting.


Selected Readings
Social Learning Approaches
to Counselor Education
(La Fleur)

      Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavior change. Psychological Review, 84, 191-215.

      Barnes, K. L. (2004). Applying self-efficacy theory to counselor training and supervision: A comparison of two approaches. Counselor Education and Supervision, 44, 56-69.

      Daniels, J. A., & Larson, L. M. (2001). The impact of performance feedback on counseling self-efficacy and counselor anxiety. Counselor Education and Supervision, 41, 120-130.

      Hector, M. A., Davis, K. L., Denton, E. A., Hayes, T. W., Patton-Crowder, C., & Hinkle, W. K. (1981). Helping counselor trainees learn to respond consistently to anger and depression. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 28, 53-58.

      Hector, M. A., Elson, S. E., & Yager, G. G. (1977). Teaching counseling skills through self-management procedures. Counselor Education and Supervision, 17, 12-22.

      Hosford, R. E., & Barmann, B. (1983). A social learning approach to counselor supervision. The Counseling Psychologist, 11, 51-58.

      Larson, L. M. (1998). The social cognitive model of counselor training. The Counseling Psychologist, 26, 219-273.

      Larson, L. M., & Daniels, J. A. (1998). Review of the counseling self-efficacy literature. The Counseling Psychologist, 26, 179-218.

      Tang, M., Addison, K. D., LaSure-Bryant, D., Norman, R., O'Connell, & Stewart- Sickling, J. A. (2004). Factors that influence self-efficacy of counseling students: An exploratory study. Counselor Education and Supervision, 44, 70-80.

      Urbani, S., Smith, M. R., Maddus, C. D., Smaby, M. H., Torres-Rivera, E., & Crews, J. (2002). Skills-based training and counseling self-efficacy. Counselor Education and Supervision, 42, 92-106.

My previous comment about APA style applies, Do not blame Dr. La Fleur. rhp